Il Duca: Sandblasted Bent Apple (B) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-427-0576
Max Rimensi is the Italian carver behind Il Duca pipes, and he is one of the most versatile artisans working today. His stylistic range is truly impressive, with his work showcasing an affinity for Danish and Italian shaping cues. No matter what shape he fashions, each piece is imbued with Rimensi's particular creative vision, often crafting modern versions of shape chart standards. His work is further commended by his colorful finish work that naturally suits the grain of a particular piece of briar. However, style isn't the only thing an Il Duca pipe has to offer, as Rimensi's shapes are exquisitely engineered and highly functional smoking instruments that are designed to be enjoyed.
This bent Apple features a pert, softly rounded bowl that's replete with the gentle curvature expected from the shape. The shank balances with the proportions of the bowl in profile and possesses an asymmetrical face that's crowned with a craggy touch of plateau, lending the composition an organic aesthetic. A tapered stem of jet-black vulcanite tops of the design and makes a subtle downturn for a comfortable smoking posture, its dark color perfectly complementing the ruddy contrast stain that dresses the stummel. The sandblasted finish accentuates the natural grain orientation of the briar and provides plenty of stimulating texture for the fingers to explore. Lightweight and rather elegant in hand, this piece will make a welcome addition to any collector's rotation.--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.24 in./133.10 mm.
- Weight: 0.88 oz./24.95 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Italy